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The Republican Party officially nominated Donald Trump for president on Tuesday, capping his remarkable rise from political outsider to the standard-bearer of the GOP.
Trump officially secured the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination after his home state of New York cast 89 delegates for the businessman.
Trump’s adult children joined the New York delegation to cast the decisive vote that put Trump over the top. Donald Trump Jr. was given the honor of making the announcement, and he promised his father would put the Empire State in play in November.
“It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top tonight,” Trump, Jr. said. “Congratulations Dad, we love you.”
The Quicken Loans Arena erupted into a celebration. The convention broke for a few minutes as delegates danced to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
Shortly after, the convention nominated Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be Trump’s running mate in an overwhelming voice vote.
There was speculation leading up to the event that there would be protests from a faction of Never Trump conservatives.
But the response to Trump during a state-by-state roll call vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the billionaire businessman, and there were few audible protests.
At the same time, more delegate votes went against Trump than in any GOP convention since 1976.
With only a few exceptions, delegates from state after state stood to announce that their delegation would throw the entirety of their support behind Trump.
Trump will accept the party’s nomination in a speech on Thursday night at the convention’s conclusion, though he is also scheduled to make an appearance on Tuesday night from New York.
It was a strong showing of unity from a party that entered the convention split over their presumptive nominee.
On a night when GOP leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are scheduled to speak, the delegates to the convention rallied behind Trump and finally ended a movement that was hell-bent on blocking him from the nomination.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions officially offered Trump’s name into consideration for president to huge rounds of applause.
Sessions, who is Trump’s top ally on Capitol Hill, lauded him as a disrupter who has tapped into the unease felt by Americans across the country.
“The American voters heard this message, and they rewarded his courage and leadership with a huge victory in our primaries,” Sessions said. “He dispensed with one talented candidate after another, momentum started and a movement started. Democrats and independents responded. He received far more primary votes than any Republican candidate in history.
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